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FAWU Bulletin, 4 September 2009 - Food and Allied Workers Union

FAWU Bulletin, 4 September 2009 - Food and Allied Workers Union

Furthermore, Fawu said

Furthermore, Fawu said the structure of the transaction simply reinforced remuneration disparities by giving black managers more shares, housed in a separate trust, and low-income earners a small number of shares. According to the union, there was no properly constituted employee share ownership project trust, with members of the board of trustees appointed to run the affairs of the beneficiaries. "We call on the company to sincerely engage with the union to look at the structure and the substance of this transaction and not to engage in a public relations exercise by announcing a deal that does not meaningfully empower our members and employees of Tiger Brands," Fawu said. In response to Fawu's statement, the company told Sapa that it had invested considerable time and thought into the planning and delivery of the transaction. "We are confident that it will benefit our employees as well as a broader section of society, helping to address social needs in both the short and the long term," the company added. Earlier this week, Tiger Brands announced a BEE deal, saying it would offer an additional 10 percent stake to black investors in a transaction with a value of approximately R2.8 billion. (Sapa, 03/09/09) Dairy Workers Pay Farm Worker Wages About 50 FAWU members, employed by Hygienic Dairy based in Polokwane Industrial Area, have embarked on a protected strike on M onday, 31 August in response to a wage dispute and the company's insistence to pay the workers a sectoral wage which is not applicable to them. Workers are seeking a wage increase of R176.00 per month while the company is offering a mere R116.00 wage increase. The lowest paid worker earns R 1600.00 while the highest earns R 1900.00 per month which is far below the standard that in 2

the same sector currently earn. Our members also want an annual bonus which is currently paid conditionally. Clearly the company is not aware that they are operating in an industrial area and not on a farm where they would be able to pay workers the minimum as required by the sectoral determination for the farm worker sector. Our members are performing highly skilled work and operate machinery used in processing of products, and rightfully deserve decent increases. We feel they are merely using this as an excuse for not paying decent wages or else they are ill-informed and we would like to set them straight. . The company has also instituted a lockout against the workers prohibiting them from access to water and toilets. Cold Chain Workers End Successful Strike About 1500 members of FAWU employed by Cold Chain Distributors have ended their industrial action on a successful note after the union and the company on a wage agreement on 30 August 2009 at the company’s headquarters in Midrand, Johannesburg. The workers received a 10 percent wage increase effective from 1 July 2009 until 30 July 2010 after the company offered only 8 percent initially. Our members also managed to retain transport home after 18h00 as well as their cash allowances. They have also come to an agreement with the company on the fact that different medical aid options would be investigated and the financial implications for workers established in order to come to a fair and affordable option for our members. Workers would therefore no longer be forced to join the company’s medical aid. The company also agreed that we would continue wage negotiations for next year after the World Cup and not in 2011 as they initially preferred. 3

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